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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Modernes - Swingin' Easy

The Modernes, whoever they were, played cocktail jazz designed to appeal to people who liked light instrumental music such as that put out by The Three Suns (Twilight Time), an enormously popular group that recorded for RCA Victor.

Swingin' Easy was put out in 1956 on Concert-Disc, a company that also issued their albums on two- and four-track reel-to-reel tapes. As befits a company whose main business was in tapes that appealed to audiophiles the stereo quality on this release is excellent. The same can't be said for the quality of the LP, which was pressed on hissy, crackling, cheap vinyl. I've cleaned up the sample track, which was taken from an LP, as much as possible without affecting the sound quality of the music to any great degree.

Besame Mucho

Swingin' Easy is available as a download from Amazon in Britain and France but not in North America. Whether The Modernes, none of whom is identified, made any other recordings is unknown to me. I've certainly seen no evidence of them.

Here's what the two-track stereo reel-to-reel tape version of Swingin' Easy looked like.

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